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LAUNCH OF NEW AUTISM RESOURCE CENTRE

January 25, 2005 10:00 AM

A new Autism Resource Centre for Greater Glasgow was officially opened today (Monday 24 January) by Rhona Brankin, Deputy Health Minister. The Centre – the first of its kind in Scotland – will serve the needs of people with autism, their families and others working for the wellbeing of this group.

Around £250,000 per year is being invested in the Centre, which will operate as a partnership between NHS Greater Glasgow, Glasgow City Council, the National Autistic Society, the Scottish Society for Autism and the Strathclyde Autistic Society.

The Centre, which is housed in newly refurbished accommodation in Maryhill, will provide a number of services including: -

  • An Adult Autism Team offering diagnosis and support services aimed at improving the wellbeing of adults with autism

  • A multi level training programme for practitioners, service users and carers designed to raise awareness of autism and build knowledge and skills

  • An information suite, offering a resource library, information and computer facilities which will be open to all with an interest in the well being of people with autism and their families.

While the principal focus will be on adults, the information service and training programme will also be available to young people with autism and their families

A total of 12 staff will work from the Centre, including a clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, speech and language therapist, local autism co-ordinators, clinical autism co-ordinators and an information officer.

Autism is a lifelong condition, the causes of which still remain uncertain.It affects people in a variety of ways and to different levels of severity.Typically it impairs a person's capacity to communicate, form relationships and understand emotions.For many people this can undermine their ability to live independently in the community.But with proper support and understanding many people are able to benefit from education, training and can contribute positively to their communities.It is estimated that around 4000 adults and 1000 children in the Greater Glasgow area are affected by autism.

John Cameron, Clinical Manager, Adult Autism Service, said:"People with autism have the same rights as others to fulfil their potential but it's important that they receive appropriate support to do this.We hope this new service will provide this support, both to people with autism and their carers and families."

Deputy Health Minister Rhona Brankin said: "I am delighted to be opening this important resource which will offer diagnosis, information, advice and support to a number of groups including people with autism, their families, carers and practitioners."

Jane Hook MBE, Carer and Parent, said:"This is an exciting and genuine partnership approach involving statutory and voluntary organisations and carers.Its important that parents and carers views are given equal consideration and we are pleased that this much-needed new service is actively listening to and involving parents and carers."

Media Contact:

Elsbeth Campbell

(0141) 211 3891

 

Further information

The Greater Glasgow Autism Resource Centre is based in the Quadrangle Building, 59 Ruchill Street, Maryhill, Glasgow, G20 9PX

National Autistic Society:The National Autistic Society exists to champion the rights and interests of all people with autism and to ensure that they and their families receive quality services appropriate to their needs. For more information about autism and for help in your area, and for further information on any of the NAS services, call the NAS Autism Helpline supported by Barclays on:0845 070 4004, 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday, (local rates apply), or visit the NAS website www.autism.org.uk

The Scottish Society for Autism: telephone 01259 720044, www.autism-in-scotland.org.uk

Strathclyde Autistic Society:telephone 0141 227 3920, or email [email protected]

 

 

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